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League seeks volunteers to mark storm drains

Event Date: 
August 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is inviting community members to help mark storm drains and prevent pollution from entering Lake Tahoe at two Stewards of Stormwater events in August at the Tahoe Keys.
The first event is on August 18 from 9 – 11 am and the second is on August 27 from 6 – 8 pm. The League will host the events in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association.

Exploring Other Ways to Treat Fibromaylgia

More and more, we hear about or meet people suffering from fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. It has also been linked to headaches, anxiety, sleep issues, fatigue and depression.

While the cause has not been pinned down, most researchers agree the primary cause is a breakdown in the normal function of the central nervous system, which creates an abnormal perception of pain. This breakdown can be triggered by something as simple as bad posture or by something as traumatic as a car accident.

Come Be a Part of Continuing the Legacy of Two Community Leaders

Event Date: 
June 18, 2014 - 5:30pm

There is no one in this world that is going to get out alive, and every now and then we are hit in the gut with this reality.

In this last week we have lost two public figures: Eugene Paslov and Marv Texiera, who with their passion and enthusiasm for what they believed in, made a difference in our community.

Downtown 2020 Meeting Planned; Everyone is Invited

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Wed Jun 18 2014 .
June 18, 2014 - 5:30pm

Wednesday June, 18, 5:30 p.m. at Sassafras in plan B, the Downtown 2020 group is having a membership meeting and you are invited. We are all about creating a walkable, business friendly, beautiful downtown that is the Heart that keeps Carson City beating. Come see how you can make a difference; you do have a voice and it counts.

WNC Baseball: Harber Named Third-Team All-American

No one is ever going to call Conor Harber a one-dimension player. Two straight All-American honors and two different paths to the award certainly highlight the Western Nevada College baseball player’s versatility.

Harber became the first Wildcat to earn back-to-back All-American honors when the National Junior College Athletic Association named the sophomore pitcher to the third team earlier this week.

What Works: Beating the post-vacation blues

Memorial Day came and went a couple of weekends ago and, although I was sick during the holiday, many others were thankfully healthy. Some used the opportunity for a three-day weekend to go get a little R&R in: go to the beach, take a break, spend time with friends and family, and unwind. It’s what happens on Tuesday, after we come back to the reality of our lives, businesses, ups and downs, that can be confusing — the post-vacation blues.

Carson City CASA training begins April 16

Event Date: 
April 16, 2014 - 6:00pm

CASA OF Carson City will begin a training for CASA volunteers Wednesday April 16, 6 to 9pm at the CASA office, 1539 E. Fifth St. in parking lot beyond the Juvenile Court.

CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to serve as guardian ad litem for a case of abused or neglected children in a child welfare court case. Being a CASA volunteer requires patience, caring, research, writing, speaking and follow-through.

Songwriter, cowboy poet Mike Beck returns Friday to Carson City for wild horse rescue benefit

Mike Beck returns to Café at Adele’s at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14, in a benefit performance for The Joyful Horse Project, and in support of wild horse rescue efforts in Northern Nevada.

Artsy Fartsy Gallery of Carson City will have an array of Western art by local artists available. The hat will be passed and donations, which will be matched by Café at Adele’s, as well as a portion of art sales will go toward supporting wild horse rescue efforts in Northern Nevada.

'One Kind Cookie' campaign aims to inspire acts of kindness with Girl Scout Cookies

Think Kindness and Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada are teaming up to take on bullying by inspiring more than 500 acts of kindness in the month of March, and they’re asking the community to join the cause. It’s simple:

Fighters Against Child Abuse makes final holiday push to help Carson City area children

Fighters Against Child Abuse is in its final push to help greater Carson City area abused children this Christmas.

In conversations with CASA, there's a major need for new socks and underwear, sizes for all ages from 0-17 for children entering the child abuse system. These children arrive with nothing but what they are wearing.

Fighters Against Child Abuse, Expands it's Christmas Coat & Toy Drive to Include; Socks of Love.

Event Date: 
Repeats every 2 days until Tue Jan 01 2013 .
December 8, 2013 (All day)

Update: Fighters Against Child Abuse, is expanding to include "Socks Of Love" As part of their Christmas Coat & Toy Drive
In conversations with CASA, a major need is new socks and underwear, of sizes for all ages from 0-17 for children entering the child abuse system. These children arrive with nothing but what they are wearing. Two drop off locations have been added!

Our needs are:
Socks (New)
Underwear (New)
Sneakers all sizes (New)
Coats & Clothing (new or gently used
Gift Cards to purchase clothing items.
Monetary Donations.

Official Drop Off Centers are, Carson City;

Fighters Against Child Abuse Christmas Drive

Fighters Against Child Abuse is holding a Christmas Coat, Toy and Donation Drive to benefit Carson, Douglas and Lyon County Children.

FACA is a registered Nevada non-profit, dedicated to supporting Nevada's Abused Children.FACA is seeking Coats, Toys and Monetary Donations or Gift Cards, to provide tangible goods to families with Abused Children, CASA, Austin's House Child Abuse Emergency Shelter,and Ventana Sierra, an organization that provides housing for Aged Out Foster Kids.

Carson City's Karen Abowd, Mary Fischer honored with Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada Triumphant Award

Carson City residents Karen Abowd and Mary Fischer, will be honored tonight at The Atlantis Hotel and Casino, when they receive the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada’s 2013 TRIUMPHANT Awards.

Karen Abowd will receive the Environmental Leader award for her work with The Greenhouse Project, a non-profit community greenhouse located on Carson High School’s campus that teaches sustainability and new agricultural principals and produces food for the community. Mary Fischer will receive the Community Service award for her work with Gardeners Reclaiming Our Waysides (G.R.O.W.), a non-profit she founded in 1997 with the purpose of beautifying area roadways using landscaping and art.

National volunteer event to clean up Washoe County parks

by SAGE LEEHEY After the guilt of the Halloween candy binge sinks in, you can get outside, get your legs moving and help to clean up your community with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for Make a Difference Day on Nov.... Read More ›

Titus, Amodei wager community service, Fremont Cannon trophy on Rebels, Wolf Pack game

Nevada House Representatives Dina Titus, Professor Emerita at UNLV, and Mark Amodei, a University of Nevada alumnus, Friday announced a friendly wager on Saturday’s football game between the Runnin' Rebels and the Wolf Pack in Reno.

In honor of “Make A Difference Day,” they will perform a community service project with the losing member sporting the opposing team’s sweatshirt and supplying the victor with an appropriate colored Fremont Cannon replica.

You can help: recruit more foster homes in Carson City

Carson City children need more Carson City foster homes. Children who are taken "into care" by the state due to abuse or neglect are often placed with relatives. But, if that cannot occur, the child is placed in a foster home. These children need to remain in their community — in their school, with their teacher, close to their friends and close to their family — while the child welfare case proceeds and it is determined whether they can return to their home. Carson City does not have enough foster homes.

Nevada Bills That Never Saw the Light of Day

CARSON CITY — Several bills that were introduced in the just-ended session of the Nevada Legislature didn’t get a chance to see the light of day in 2013. Here’s a look back on a few pieces of legislation that died this year:

Ward-only voting Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have changed Reno’s and Sparks’ current voting system from citywide voting to ward-only voting, which would require voters to select the city council candidate who would represent the ward they live in.

Local Group Scales New Heights To Fundraise For Cat Rescue

Susan Shinn Cesarini belays climber Lisa Wallace
Event Date: 
June 22, 2013 - 4:00pm


Food for Thought gets help from Carson Nugget to feed needy children this summer

Carson City nonprofit Food for Thought has teamed up with the Carson Nugget to make sure needy children stay fed this summer.

“We were in need of a kitchen to make lunches for children in our program and the Carson Nugget stepped right up to the plate and agreed to allow us to use their kitchen facilities,” said Stephanie Gardner, executive director, Food for Thought. “This is great because it will allow us to continue this much needed program during the summer months when school is not in session.”

New Administrator Named at the Lodge Assisted Living 
and Memory Care Community

Cher Haack has been named Administrator at The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Carson City. She replaces Karen Perry who is relocating to Arizona.

Ms. Haack has worked at The Lodge for more than two years as the Wellness Coordinator.

Haack has extensive experience working with elders in the Carson City and Carson Valley areas. Prior to joining the Lodge she worked at the Carson Valley Residential Care Center in Gardnerville for many years and has also worked as a private in home caregiver. She believes that working with elders is a true calling.

Act Now! For a Livable Downtown

The plan for making downtown more pedestrian, bike, and business friendly will be presented and voted on at the Board of Supervisors meeting this Thursday April 18, at 6:30 PM, in the Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room.  Your attendance at this meeting is vital to ensure that this project moves forward!

Lower Blood Donation Age May Prevent Blood Shortage


Photo / Associated Press

Photo / Associated Press

The Committee on Health and Human services discussed Assembly Bill 183 on Wed., which could allow 16-year-olds to donate blood with parental consent and to help increase the blood supply throughout Nevada.

Text of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State address

As Prepared for Delivery Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013:

Madam Speaker, Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Legislature, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Officers, Senator Heller, honored guests…...

Sierra Nevada Health Center Hosts Nintendo Wii Giveaway as part of Halloween Event

Event Date: 
Repeats every day until Sat Oct 27 2012 .
October 26, 2012 (All day)
Event Date: 
October 27, 2012 (All day)

In partnership with Nevada Volunteers, Nevada Health Centers invites patients to enter to win a Nintendo Wii as part of “National Make a Difference Day.”
Happy, Healthy Halloween will be on Friday, October 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The community is encouraged to come in to Sierra Nevada Health Center to enter the drawing for the Nintendo Wii, pick-up healthy eating habits literature and healthy snacks. Nevada Health Centers promotes living an active lifestyle to improve overall health and to decrease obesity.

Outdoors with Don Q: Be prepared when venturing into the Great Outdoors

With the big Labor Day weekend, the last outdoor trips of the summer, the start of many different big game and bird hunting seasons, the beginning of a new school year, etc., all coming up around the corner, here are some suggestions that just might save your life, if you are planning to venture into the Great Outdoors, all alone, on a photographing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting, climbing, trip:

UNR researchers urge environmental and public sector partnerships at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe will be thrust in the spotlight again when scientists, public agencies and elected officials meet Aug. 13 for the 16th annual Lake Tahoe Summit. To be discussed with great interest is the protection and health of Lake Tahoe's fragile environment and economy.
“The health of the environment and the health of the economy at Tahoe are linked,” Derek Kauneckis, political science professor and researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno said. “And the collaborations that have been established at the Lake have set the stage for future efforts.”

Carson City Relay for Life 2012

Event Date: 
July 14, 2012 - 2:00pm

The Carson City Relay For Life is our local event to support the American Cancer Society and to raise funds for cancer research, awareness and survivor resources and support. It's also our chance to Fight Back, Remember and Celebrate! Join us at Carson High School from 2:00PM to 8:00AM. Bring the kids and have some fun while you make a difference. For more information or to start/join a team, www.carsonrelay.org.

Obama Visits Reno, Urges Congress To Expand Mortgage Refinancing Program

RENO – President Barack Obama made a brief stopover here today, visiting with a couple who refinanced their home through a White House initiative helping underwater homeowners who have government-backed loans.

After meeting with Paul and Valerie Keller, Obama urged Congress to expand the Home Affordable Refinancing Program (HARP) to other mortgages as well.

Carson City children need CASA Volunteers!

Event Date: 
May 21, 2012 - 5:30pm

Learn more about volunteering to becoming a guardian ad litem and speaking up for a child. CASA of Carson City will hold an Information Hour on May 21, 5:30pm, at the CASA of Carson City office, 1539 E. 5th St. Carson City. CASA volunteers are appointed for to speak up for the best interest of children removed from their parents custody due to abuse or neglect. Being a CASA volunteer requires research, communication, patience and caring. It is rewarding and challenging. CASA volunteers make a difference for kids.

Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week - A time to review your homeowner’s insurance

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s insurance carriers have reported to the Nevada Division of Insurance (Division) that they have received around 1,100 claims as a result of the Caughlin Ranch and Washoe Drive fires. The dollar amount of these claims, mostly due to fire, wind or smoke damage is approaching $35 million.

These insurance claim estimates show the dangers of wildfire. Nevadans should take action during Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week (NWAW) to prepare their homes and evaluate their insurance to prepare for wildfire season.

New Campaign Launched In Nevada To Combat Human Trafficking

CARSON CITY – A new campaign aimed at helping truck drivers and truck stop employees become more aware of how to identify and alert authorities to instances of underage children being forced into acts of prostitution was announced today by two Nevada organizations.

Plunge into Tahoe For a Good Cause

Event Date: 
March 17, 2012 (All day)

Teams of super heroes, penguins, pirates and other characters jumped into Lake Tahoe last winter, and on March 17, they’ll do it again. You’re invited to join them as Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada co-host Polar Plunge® 2012 at Zephyr Cove, South Lake Tahoe. The event is open to all and will include entertainment, a costume contest, and prizes, as well as Special Olympics athletes, coaches, and volunteers who will share their experiences with the organization’s inspiring programs.

Three cheers for Vail going for safety on the slopes

Those of us who have spent most of our adult life on ski and snowboard slopes know how important it is to follow the rules on the slopes. From our earliest snow days we have followed the Skiers Responsibility Code, simple rules that make fun on the trail safer. If you don't know the Code, check it out next time you're at a mountain resort.

Carson City children need CASA Volunteers!

CASA Volunteer Info Hour
Event Date: 
January 10, 2012 - 5:30pm

When Carson City children are removed from the home due to abuse or neglect and placed in state custody the Carson City Juvenile Court appoints a trained community member to serve as guardian ad litem for the child.

Ordinary people with good communication skills, caring, patience and writing ability advocate for the best interests of the child while they are in state care.

Find out more about becoming a CASA volunteer...

One Too Many - Childhood Hunger in Northern Nevada

Everyday innocent children in Northern Nevada go to bed hungry. Food For Thought provides food for hungry school children over the weekends and during the summer months. Many of these children live right here in Carson City, our friends and neighbors.

You can help - One person can make a difference. One hungry child is one too many.

Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas!

Group Fighting Excessive Federal Regulation Grows To 170 Members In Nevada, 1,000 Nationwide

CARSON CITY – A group established by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) to fight against excessive federal regulations now has 170 members in Nevada and 1,000 nationwide, the organization announced this week.
The coalition Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations says its mission is protecting small businesses and American jobs from the impacts of costly federation regulations.

Sing for Somalia, WFP Fill the Cup Fundaiser ~ Concert

Event Date: 
November 12, 2011 - 7:00pm

I am so excited to invite you to this very special event I have been working on. This is a collaboration of both music and poetry coming together to raise awareness about the famine sticken areas of Somalia and Kenya. Young performers from Douglas County, Carson City and other local areas will be showcasing their talent in hope to raise money donations for the World Food Program, along with awareness. The event is a way to show the community that we can help and make a difference. I hope you can attend!

Want to make a difference in Nevada? Don't go to Washington

... then Washington isn't the place. Stay here and do something about them. Become a teacher or principal or go back to Carson City and work on reforms. Ruben Kihuen waves to the crowd during his campaign kickoff celebration at Rancho High School in.

New Report Projects Debt-driven Tipping Points for Nevada and the States

A new report on the financial outlook for the nation’s states says Nevada could reach a debt-driven “tipping point” in 2034.

Out & About: Help make a difference in a child's life

Reno Rodeo Foundation 'Back to school foster family denim distribution'This event each year makes such a huge difference in a child's life. The program targets children that are in circumstances th...

BLM Solicits Public Comment on Controversial Water Pipeline Project

A series of public meetings on the plan to transport water from rural Nevada to Las Vegas is expected to draw a diverse group of allies trying to stop the controversial project.

Nevada State Officials Finalize Five-Year Strategic Plan To Fight Problem And Pathological Gambling

CARSON CITY – Nevada has a new weapon in the fight against problem gambling.
A five-year strategic plan to provide treatment to the state’s problem gamblers took effect July 1.

City's Rotary clubs spruce up BAC

Rotarians around the world rolled up their sleeves Saturday to make a difference in their communities, and in Carson City, the focus was on the Brewery Arts Center.Ron Peterson, in charge of "Ro...

Teams now forming for Carson City’s Relay For Life

Carson City area walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

This celebration brings together numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer in a unified effort to fight back.

Teams of enthusiastic residents will gather at Centennial Field for an overnight relay from 10am July 16th to 10am July 17th. The event celebrates anyone who has battled cancer and their caregivers and also remembers loved ones lost.

Dayton High 'S' Club Organizes Help With Prom Expenses

Written By Dayton High S Club
The “S” Club of Dayton High School is sponsoring a project to help make this year’s Prom a dream come true.

Sheriff: Reported crimes drop throughout Carson City

By Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong
Reported crimes in Carson City hit its lowest point during February since the Sheriff’s Office began collecting and analyzing the trends. There were 112 incidences of major crimes, such as homicide, rape, robbery, burglary and theft. There were 122 less severe crimes reported in the community for the same period. In total, the 234 reported crimes is 22 percent less than any monthly rate previously reported since collection began. The previous low for any month was 294 incidences.

The Case For Cuts: After Criticism, Many Defend Governor’s Budget

CARSON CITY – They speak of limbs hacked off, death and guts.
In a war of words, critics of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $5.8 billion budget have lambasted his proposed cuts to K-12, higher education and health and human services.

Letter: Dayton community pulls together for holiday giving

Dear Editor: Once again the Dayton community has come together and made a difference for so many families during the holidays.

The Dayton toy drive received applications for over 650 kids this year and we were quite concerned that there would not be enough to go around. Fortunately a large, eager, group of volunteers came together who were quick to get down to business and get the donations and interest pouring in. It wasn’t long before businesses, as well as community organizations and individuals were giving.

A plea to teens and parents: Tell someone before its too late

Violence on Sunday that led to near-tragedy ended today with the arrest of a 17-year-old Carson City boy. The incident is a reminder of how fragile children can be and how early intervention can prevent something like this from happening again.

Carson Valley Inn and Bodines casinos 
aim for $15,000 donation to Carson Tahoe Cancer Center

For the last six years, the Carson Valley Inn has been the site of the Bunko for Breast Cancer fundraiser — a boisterous evening of fun that raises five figures each year for services to cancer patients in the Carson/Douglas area and beyond.

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